Category: WriteTips

How Important is Plot Anyway?

Let’s start with a serviceable definition of plot: A plot is the event or events that are used to insure that you get your story and characters from…

All About Using Images

So, you’ve lovingly tapped out ‘The End’ at the bottom of your masterpiece. Huffing a breath of relief that you’ve done it: your word baby is born and…

Words to Kill

Part of the self-editing process (you do self-edit, right?) is to clean-up passive voice, needless adverbs and filler words. This is typically done in a pass that doesn’t…

The Men That Don’t Fit In

Some of the best memories of my grandfather are of Robert W. Service. Gramp would, at every opportunity, recite from memory any number of poems. We’d goad him…

Reading at the Speed of Light

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” — Dr. Seuss First up, when reading…

From Book to Screen: Bitten

When announced that Kelley Armstrong’s first book, ‘Bitten’, was headed for the small screen, fans were pretty darned stoked. Laura Vandervoort’s casting was perfect. Some were initially concerned…

How to Read for Enjoyment

The pursuit of happiness is not a fool’s errand, but what makes people happy? Consider the moment when you’re completely lost in the plot of a good book,…

Genres in a Nutshell

Walk in to any bookstore or library and we are confronted by the ‘Genre Beast’. There are many ways to categorize books and genre is but one. Bookstores…

Essential Jack Whyte

Do you love historical adventure sagas that span the centuries? Can the Arthur legends be true? What’s the real story behind the Knights Templar? Is there more to…